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The Red Detachment of Women


Published 1970


One of the most powerful and moving ballets from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. It depicts a woman's journey into the People's Liberation Army. Instead of weak, fragile women dressed in fluttery tutus, women were depicted in military uniforms with rifles. Instead of frail motions, women had strong arms and clenched fists. This play shook the entire foundation of bourgeois art.


Run time 105 Minutes
Audio/Visual sound, color

Reviews

Reviewer: le big mac - - March 2, 2008
Subject: kung fu fighting ballet
Amazing, i've just watched two hours of ballet without being bored. Great work of dancing in army gears AND throwing grenades at the same time. This is a must see and should be sponsored by the NRA. It would be great if someone could upload more chinese cultural revolution stuff. There's no copyright anyway, this belongs to the people.
Reviewer: Eva Vikstrom - - January 30, 2007
Subject: Movies From the Years of the Chinese Cultural Revolution
There are two exciting and horrifying movies from the years of the Chinese cultural revolution on this site. "The Red Detachment of Women" is a political ballet, where women are liberated by joining the People's Liberation Army. Weak women become strong women in military uniforms, but the cherry trees still bloom in the background. You could see the same scenery in posters produced by artist collectives and distributed all over the world. "Breaking with old ideas" is a piece of politized chinese opera, sayting that higher agricultural education should follow a brochure on education by Chairman Mao.

These movies were produced only thirty years ago. It's a good thing they are preserved and available in the Internet Archive.
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